ELLIS COUNTY (CBS 11 NEWS) – It has been 20 years since Robbie Jean Biggar and her 2-year-old grandson, Kasey, vanished from her North Texas home.
“He was just a precious little boy,” said Biggar’s sister, Polly Knott, as she walked through the cemetery, not far from the graves of her two loved ones.
The disappearance was the beginning of two decades of heartache for Knott and the rest of her family.
“She loved her little grandson …her last breath probably was trying to help him,” she said, her voice quivering.
It was a Saturday, March 19, 1994, when someone took them.
Kasey was found more than a day later, dead from asphyxia, still strapped to the car seat of a locked vehicle parked outside of an apartment complex in Red Oak.
Later, as her already-grieving family huddled at her home in Lancaster, Biggar’s badly beaten body was found in a field in Ellis County, not far from what was supposed to have been the Superconducting Super Collider site.
“When we got the news that they had confirmed that the body they found was hers, then my mom said, ‘We’re going home,’” Knott said.
And that’s when the waiting began – year after year – for some word of who would do such a thing –and why.
The family thought those questions were finally going to be answered during the summer of 2009, with the arrests of two men, one an acquaintance who’d been convicted of taking money from Biggar.
But the men were soon freed. Authorities said they did not have the evidence to continue to hold them.
“I will never give up hope …it will be solved,” Knott said.
Dennis Brearley, chief deputy of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, is also hopeful.
“We truly feel for Polly and the family, that’s a fact,” Brearley said. “This agency … will never forget this case and what the family has gone through … or what it would mean to have closure,” he said.
The chief deputy asked that anyone with information about the case call the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department at 972-825-4901.
Knott said she is certain justice will be served to those responsible for her family’s loss – if not by law enforcement, then surely from a higher power.
“I talk to God all the time …I know in time he’s going to get these people,” she said.
Meanwhile, Knott will continue to come to a little country cemetery called Rose Hill and touch two tombstones …as if to feel a pulse.
And as she kneeled to brush off the picture of the little boy on his marker, Knott tearfully added: “When I come out here, I always clean Kasey’s face …Little boys usually have things on their face.”
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